Thursday, 30 July 2015


So want to make a difference in the world but aren't related to Mother Teresa? It's ...something small that makes a HUGE difference. If you are keen on sewing simple children's clothing or items contact info@makeadifference.org.nz.   You will be provided with a free kit of material pre-cut into pattern pieces for easy children's clothing (and often pre-overlocked so there are only a few seams to do). With the wonderful help of Global Volunteer Network www.gvnfoundation.org.nz the items will be distributed to children in projects and orphanages around the world. This little act of kindness makes a HUGE difference to their lives...so make a difference. Projects run throughout the year.

These are soft little toys with a bell inside.  They are fairly easy to sew but a little bit more fiddlier and just need their ears sewn and turned right side out and onto the body along with a pocket and some simple embroidered nose, eyes and mouth.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Shorts are always an easy item to sew.  I have already overlocked the inside leg and crotch seam so they only require their waistband and bottom seams done and the elastic threaded through.  There are always light cotton and heavier cotton drill available for sewing.




There are always cotton skirts to sew.  These are great for girls of all ages as even the older girls can wear them as mini skirts with leggings underneath.  They require only the waist seam to be sewn and it's optional if you want to top stitch where the patterned fabric has been added.  These are nice and simple to sew and I have had several teenage girls sewing these before.

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

There are always cotton leggings to be sewn.  These only require the waistband and hems done as they have already been overlocked on the crotch and leg seams.  They also need elastic threaded through the waistband.  These are great as they are comfortable, warm and cool and fit a range of sizes.




There are currently some cord ponchos with cotton lining available for sewing.  These are very easy requiring a few straight seams then a seam all the way round.  Cord is a little bit thicker so it sometimes help to use a denim needle but isn't always necessary.

Monday, 29 September 2014

Some lovely volunteers have finished making these gorgeous jeans and cord pants.